September 09, 2016
Review about Grand Tour of Iceland by Jane WIlliams
I am writing to thank you for arranging a wonderful trip for myself and my two 15 year-old grandchildren to Iceland from August 19 through the 26th, 2016.
We all really loved the experience of seeing the landscape and wildness of the country and meeting so many kind and caring people. Soaking in the Blue Lagoon on arrival after an overnight flight from the USA was absolutely perfect. And we discovered when we arrived later that day in Reykjavik that it was "Culture Day" with bands and entertainers and revilers filling the streets. What fun!
The highlights for the grandchildren were the trip to the Westman Islands (my granddaughter said, "I'd like to live here"), the many hikes and hill climbings they did, and of course, their 1.5 hr. glacier walk (in 60 mi/hr winds I might add). They loved it.
Our group was small - just 6 of us - and we all got along extremely well, despite the huge age differences. Our guide, Hermann Valsson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 354-854-5265 is a professional guide and was extremely knowledgeable about every facet of Icelandic life. The entire week was a history, geography, philosophy lesson that the children and I enjoyed immensely. We peppered him with questions which he never tired of answering. He was particularly sensitive to the children's needs and kept them engaged. I believe he is an independent contractor and works for the Jonasson group. I am copying him here so perhaps you two can communicate.
Hermann, thank you again for all your kindnesses. I have talked to a number of my friends about your outstanding talent for making our week very special. You have a true gift and I hope you continue to introduce your wonderful country to us outsiders!